Legislation on financial aid to maintain and improve the ecosystemic benefits provided by forests includes aid for the purpose of developing and restoring riparian zones along permanent waterways flowing through woodland.
Applicants must submit their application to the district authority with competent jurisdiction, which will notify them of the decision of the Nature and Forest Agency (Administration de la nature et des forêts).
Anyone wishing to receive aid for the restoration of riparian zones along forest waterways must apply in writing to the head of the district concerned.
The land in question must be in a listed green zone. Areas where pesticides are used or where ground work has been done which degrades the soil structure (e.g. tilling and stump removal) are ineligible.
The intended work may include the restoration of riparian zones initially comprising stands of softwood species which are non-indigenous or unsuitable to the location, using indigenous natural forest associations which are suited to the location, or the development of extensively managed wet grassland.
The applicant must submit the application to the head of the relevant district in writing before work commences.
When submitting an application, the applicant must state the following on the form:
If the applicant owns a farm, they must also state:
The application must be accompanied by the following:
The head of the district will inform the applicant of the Nature and Forest Agency's decision, and the measures to be taken to receive a subsidy.
The aid is made up of the following component parts:
The aid is disbursed once the work has been completed, and a formal acceptance report is issued.
For restoration work in riparian zones with indigenous natural forest associations suitable to the location, the beneficiary is required to:
o by removing all softwood vegetation;
o by reforesting the area through planting or natural regeneration; and
o then by leaving that strip of land to evolve freely without interference;
In the case of work to develop extensively managed wet grassland, the beneficiary is required to:
Any aid paid out must be repaid to the State Treasury when:
If a false declaration is found to have been made through gross negligence or through failure to adhere to the principles of good forestry practices, the beneficiary is precluded from receiving aid for the year in question.
If they make a deliberate misrepresentation, they are excluded for the following year as well.
Demande d’aide en vue du maintien et de l’amélioration des services écosystémiques rendus par la forêt - Restauration des zones rivulaires des cours d'eau en forêt
Förderantrag zur Wiederherstellung der Ufer von Bachläufen in Wäldern